by Peggy Kalpakian Johnson
Peggy Kalpakian Johnson became a writer in her nineties. She published memoir essays in various venues and the book, Centennial Memoir, in 2019. She was born Pakradouhi Kalpakian, March 26, 1922, in Constantinople, Turkey, to Armenian parents who emigrated to Los Angeles the following year. Peggy became an American citizen in 1943. She was a student at University of Southern California when she met and married a Navy man, Bill Johnson in 1944. After the War, Peggy and Bill made a good life for themselves and their four children in Southern California. Later, she and Bill moved to Bellingham, Washington, where Peggy still resides in this, her centennial year.